At this time, I would like to remind everyone to keep the speed down on our roads to 20 miles an hour or less. Children can appear in front of us from nowhere. Give them and us a chance to enjoy the rest of our lives. An accident can change a life forever.
This has been an unusual year to say the least. No social gatherings, no family get-togethers and no in person meetings. Nevertheless, your Association has managed and been very productive.
A large amount of our outstanding debt, in the form of back dues & maintenance fees, have been collected or are under a payment plan to resolve the issue.
We have been able to develop procedures for people to use the beach area and tennis courts using social distancing. Unfortunately, we had to close the beach house. Hopefully that will be reopened soon. Our bathrooms will be open to “use at your own risk” beginning Memorial Day weekend from 9:00am to 5:00pm and will be cleaned on Fridays and Mondays.
Our Annual Meeting, which was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, will be held at Camp Morgan Lodge on July 10, 2021 as before. Face masks will be at your own discretion. It will be good to see you all again. I would like to remind everyone, if something is said that you don’t like, please politely hold any comment until you are recognized. Keep side conversations to a minimum to avoid distractions that will prolong the meeting.
Our Beach house has been re-sided and now has a new roof. The roof was partially paid for by our insurance company due to wind damage last fall. New windows (funding donated by an anonymous donor) and doors were installed.
Remember our good neighbor policies regarding noise late in the evenings. These and other rules can be found on the LAE website. There have been incidents of shooting near homes. NH law prohibits firing a firearm within 300 feet of a residential building. We will call the Police and or the Fish and Game Department.
Take a look at the newly refurbished tennis court. The entire perimeter has been drained to help prevent frost heaving and the court has been repainted and re striped. There is also striping for the ever popular pickle ball enthusiasts.
If you are interested in getting on the list for a dock at the marina, there is a form on the website to fill out. Those who have not paid their dues by the end of the calendar year (December 31st) your name will be removed from the dock list so be sure to pay your dues on time.
OHRV and water craft stickers are available from either Bob Wright or Steve Snow. The OHRV stickers that expired in 2020 are good until 2022.
Our Neighborhood watch committee encourages you to keep vigilant and note any suspicious activity. When we see someone we have not seen before, introduce yourself and ask their name and where they live. You will be surprised how easy it is to start a friendship or at least meet a neighbor. Take pictures of vehicles you don’t think belong here and report any suspicious activity to the Washington Police.
Remember also, dogs MUST be on a leash at all times (N.H. Statute) and dogs are not allowed in the beach area. Members are asked to pick up their dogs “poop” on the roads and common areas.
It has come to the attention of the BOD that some members may be offering their properties for nightly rental under Air B&B. According to what I understand from the town these rentals come under the heading of a business and require a permit from the town, are subject to the IRS for its income and could also be required to pay Rooms & Meals tax to the State of NH. Building regulations allow for only one dwelling for one family per lot. Tenants do not have the same rights as members. The amenities are for members’ families and guests. Tenants are not guests. Members are responsible for the actions of their guests.
Finally, one of our most important assets, our roads, which without them we as well as Police, Fire and Rescue would not be able to reach our properties or loved ones in need. We have been extremely fortunate to have hired a Road Contractor, Mike Carter (who has been with us now for 3 years) who is well versed in grading, snow plowing and general maintenance of the roadways. This past winter, we had numerous comments on how well the roads were maintained. He is also a superb mechanic who is able to keep our equipment in good operating condition and make timely repairs. Mike has fabricated several pieces of equipment saving the members a considerable amount of money. Maintaining the roads is not cheap but it is important, and doing a good job with properly maintained and operating equipment is essential. The roads have never been better than they are now. The road committee and Mike Carter are working at getting us back up to enough gravel to maintain and rebuild the roads to a grade above its sides. Many of our roads have not seen added gravel in years as a result have actually become concaved. The edges should be even with the abutting property with an upward grade of at least 5% to the center. LAE rules and regulations state that there is no parking of any vehicles on the sides of the roads. Our attorney has told us they can be towed at the owners’ expense. We need the roads open for plowing and grading. We cannot be responsible for any damages do to winging the snow back from the road or grading and ditching. You must allow parking for all boats, campers and vehicles back at a safe distance from the edge of the road. Our rules and regulations also prohibit unregistered vehicles stored on members’ properties. Please help prevent our Association from looking like a junkyard. When you buy an item and you finish with it PLEASE deposit it in your trash at home, not on our roadsides or common areas.
In closing, I would like to wish you all a healthy and safe 2021. We hope to have a chance to meet new members, at a safe distance, at the Annual Meeting.
Please remember in your thoughts and prayers our deceased members Paul Carriere and Wesley Collins. They will be greatly missed.
Thomas Burt, President of LAE